Politics: June 2014

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Obama Announces New Executive Order Protecting Trans Workers

Filed by John M. Becker | June 30, 2014 | 8:00 PM | comments

President Barack Obama revealed tonight that his administration is preparing an executive order that will protect federal employees from being discriminated against on the basis of gender identity.Read More


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SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Challenge to CA 'Ex-Gay' Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | June 30, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today, in a rare bit of good news from the Supreme Court, the justices refused to hear a challenge to California's landmark law banning discredited and abusive "ex-gay" therapy from being offered to minors.Read More


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Progressives, Regressives React to Hobby Lobby Decision

Filed by John M. Becker | June 30, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Progressive groups are slamming and regressive groups are praising today's Supreme Court ruling that gives many corporations the right to religiously object to birth control coverage.Read More


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On Unemployment, Republicans Have It All Wrong

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 30, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Republicans love to demonize the unemployed, but the real-life stories of people who can't find work refutes even the GOP's worst talking points.Read More


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Russian Conductor: Putin Propaganda Law Isn't Anti-Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | June 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Valery Gergiev, the Russian conductor who's been targeted by LGBT rights protesters several times for his support of Vladimir Putin, is defending Russia's ban on so-called "gay propaganda."Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Mississippi, Goddam!

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 29, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

This week was a crazy one in wingnuttery, in Mississippi and beyond.Read More


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Why Is Obama Rewarding Brunei for Stoning Gays?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Obama administration is considering giving the Sultan a big fat reward for violating his citizen's civil rights. In fact, the administration is willing to give up some of the tools in our arsenal for combating Brunei's human rights abuses.Read More


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Anti-LGBT Faith Leaders Ask Obama for Special EO Exemption

Filed by John M. Becker | June 27, 2014 | 8:00 PM | comments

A group of approximately 160 religious leaders sent a letter to President Obama this week asking him to include broad religious exemptions in his forthcoming ENDA executive order.Read More


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BREAKING: 7th Circuit Stays Indiana Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | June 27, 2014 | 6:15 PM | comments

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has just stayed Judge Richard Young's ruling striking down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage, pending appeal. Further marriages are on hold.Read More


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Finnish Lawmakers Again Reject Equal Marriage Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | June 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in Finland -- the only Nordic country where same-sex couples don't have the freedom to marry -- again rejected a marriage equality bill this week.Read More


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Tell Indiana's AG to Stop Fighting Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 26, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Stand up for marriage equality in Indiana -- call Attorney General Greg Zoeller and tell him not to appeal yesterday's pro-equality court decision!Read More


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Marriage Update: Boulder, St. Louis, Mexico, Puerto Rico

Filed by John M. Becker | June 26, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Since we last checked in late yesterday afternoon, major marriage equality news has broken in Colorado, Missouri, Mexico, and Puerto Rico!Read More


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Don't Take Away Domestic Partner Benefits in Pennsylvania

Filed by Sue Kerr | June 26, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Allegheny County in southwest Pennsylvania will eliminate domestic partner benefits for employees effective July 31. This decision could cause real harm to LGBTQ people.Read More


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Louisiana Judge Says He'll Make Broad Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | June 25, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

A federal judge in Louisiana said today that he intends to rule not just on out-of-state same-sex marriage recognition, but on the constitutionality of the state's marriage discrimination amendment itself.Read More


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BREAKING: Fed. Appeals Court Upholds Utah Pro-Equality Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | June 25, 2014 | 12:10 PM | comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has just affirmed a lower court ruling striking down Utah's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Gambia Reportedly Toughening Anti-Gay Laws

Filed by John M. Becker | June 24, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The virulently anti-gay government of the west African nation of Gambia is clamping down even more harshly on the rights of its LGBT citizens.Read More


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Appleton, WI Passes Fully Inclusive Anti-Discrimination Law

Filed by John M. Becker | June 20, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

This week, the city of Appleton, Wisconsin passed a fully gender-inclusive anti-discrimination law for employment and public accommodations. The city already has an inclusive fair housing law.Read More


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Obama Extending Additional Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | June 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today, the Obama administration is rolling out another huge expansion of federal marriage benefits available to same-sex couples. The rest is up to Congress.Read More


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Author of Russian Anti-Gay Law May Face Mental Health Screening

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

A Russian petition calling on the government to investigate the mental health of a notorious anti-LGBT lawmaker has gathered the 100,000 signatures required for a government response.Read More


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Marriage Cases From Four States Will Be Heard on Same Day

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

On Wednesday, August 6, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear marriage equality-related cases from four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.Read More


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Group of Michigan Republicans Backs Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

A group of 25 prominent Republicans in Michigan have signed onto a brief supporting marriage equality and urging a federal appeals court to uphold a ruling striking down Michigan's marriage ban.Read More


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Luxembourg Passes Marriage, Adoption Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in the tiny European Grand Duchy of Luxembourg overwhelmingly passed a marriage and adoption equality bill today.Read More


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Judge Brilliantly Smacks Down PA Official's Bid to Defend Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

This morning a federal district court judge blocked a Pennsylvania county official's attempt to defend the state's now-defunct marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Obama Praises LGBT Progress, Says We Must 'Keep Working'

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

President Barack Obama spoke last night at an NYC Democratic LGBT fundraiser about the incredible progress the country has made on equality during his administration, but reminded the audience that much work remains to be done.Read More


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Tell the World What Workplace #FairnessMeans to You

Filed by John M. Becker | June 17, 2014 | 6:15 PM | comments

The Center for American Progress invites you to celebrate President Obama's forthcoming workplace fairness executive order and press Congress to pass comprehensive LGBT workplace protections.Read More


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Two Gay Black Judges Confirmed to Federal Bench

Filed by John M. Becker | June 17, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed two gay African Americans to the federal judiciary.Read More


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Brian Sims Gets Angry About Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | June 17, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Openly gay Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims dialed up the righteous anger yesterday at a press conference about a non-discrimination bill that's stalled in the state House.Read More


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New York Assembly Bans 'Ex-Gay' Abuse for Minors

Filed by John M. Becker | June 16, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Today the New York State Assembly approved a ban on "ex-gay" therapy, which falsely claims to change people from gay to straight. The measure now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate.Read More


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WI Democrats Ask Holder to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | June 16, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Democratic members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are asking AG Eric Holder to grant federal recognition to all legal same-sex marriages performed in the state during its brief marriage equality window.Read More


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Brian Brown Hilariously Spins WI Stay as NOM Win

Filed by John M. Becker | June 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

NOM's Brian Brown is hilariously trying to claim a Wisconsin's federal judge's stay on her marriage equality ruling as a victory for the group.Read More


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BREAKING: Obama Will Sign ENDA Executive Order

Filed by John M. Becker | June 16, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

President Obama will sign an executive order forbidding federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people in the workplace.Read More


Could Canada's Anti-Sex Work Bill Stifle LGBT Speech?

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 16, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

A proposed bill in Canada that targets sex workers also contains a poison pill that could be used to stifle LGBT and sex-positive speech.Read More


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Montana's Largest City Moves Closer to LGBT Ordinance

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The city council in Billings, Montana will be presented with draft language for an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance tomorrow.Read More


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UPDATED: WI Marriage Judge Stays Ruling; Weddings Stop

Filed by John M. Becker | June 13, 2014 | 6:26 PM | comments

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb has issued a stay of her historic ruling striking down Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment. The move stops further same-sex weddings from taking place while the state appeals.Read More


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Stay Likely Today in Wisconsin Marriage Equality Case

Filed by John M. Becker | June 13, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Judge Barbara Crabb will likely decide whether to stay her marriage equality ruling - and press pause on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin - by the end of the day today.Read More


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Gay Providence Mayoral Candidate Releases New Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Brett Smiley is running to be the next mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. A married gay man, Smiley isn't shy about including his family in his campaign commercials.Read More


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Hillary Has Testy NPR Exchange About Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, NPR host Terry Gross repeatedly pressed former Secretary of State (and presumed 2016 presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton about her stance on marriage equality. The exchange got a little awkward.Read More


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WI AG: Clerks Issuing Marriage Licenses Risk Prosecution

Filed by John M. Becker | June 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Wisconsin's Republican attorney general is trying to bully and intimidate county clerks until they stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Read More


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Anderson Cooper Demolishes TX Lawmaker Over 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Filed by John M. Becker | June 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last night, CNN host Anderson Cooper brilliantly skewered Texas Republican State Rep. Bryan Hughes for defending "ex-gay" therapy and referring to homosexuality as a "mistake."Read More


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Anti-Gay Ugandan Minister Elected UN President

Filed by John M. Becker | June 11, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Uganda's foreign minister, a key ally of president Yoweri "Jail the Gays" Museveni, is now president of the UN General Assembly.Read More


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After Initial Refusal, Walker Admin. Processing WI Marriage Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | June 11, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Scott Walker administration announced today that it is reversing course and processing marriage licenses for same-sex couples after initially refusing to do so.Read More


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Alabama Gets Another Marriage Lawsuit

Filed by John M. Becker | June 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it's challenging part of Alabama's marriage discrimination amendment in federal court.Read More


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Meet the Genocidal Colonialist the GOP Wants to Make a Citizen

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Republicans can't pass immigration reform, but they can try to confer citizenship on a genocidal colonialist who's been dead for over 200 years.Read More


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Most Wisconsin Counties Now Issuing Marriage Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | June 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

A majority of Wisconsin's 72 counties are either currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples or ready to do so when applicants present themselves.Read More


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Texas GOP Officially Endorses 'Ex-Gay' Quackery

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Over the weekend, the Texas Republican Party gave final approval to a platform that includes an endorsement of discredited and dangerous "ex-gay" therapy.Read More


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Conflicting Reports Emerge From WI Marriage Hearing

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

There appears to be confusion in Wisconsin about whether or not county clerks should continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Read More


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WI AG Scrambles for Stay as Dozens of Couples Marry

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 1:45 PM | comments

There are now fifteen Wisconsin counties granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is scrambling to stop any more from being issued.Read More


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Some WI Counties Refuse to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 9:45 AM | comments

There are now five Wisconsin counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The clerks in Green Bay and Fond du Lac, however, are still refusing to do so.Read More


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UPDATED: Judge Strikes Down WISCONSIN Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2014 | 4:55 PM | comments

Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment has just been struck down in federal court.Read More


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BREAKING: North Dakota Marriage Suit Filed

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2014 | 2:45 PM | comments

And then there were NONE: the nation's last unchallenged same-sex marriage ban is now being contested in federal court in North Dakota.Read More


Most Americans Say Constitution Guarantees Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today's numbers send a strong, unmistakable signal to the justices that America is ready for full, nationwide marriage equality. Let's hope they're paying attention.Read More


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Texas GOP Platform Promotes Dangerous 'Ex-Gay' Quackery

Filed by John M. Becker | June 05, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

The first draft of the Texas Republican Party's proposed 2014 platform endorses fraudulent "ex-gay" therapy, a dangerous and discredited form of psychological abuse.Read More


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Slovakia Approves Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | June 05, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in the central European nation of Slovakia have just added a marriage discrimination amendment to that country's constitution.Read More


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Netherlands: No Special Rights for Anti-Gay Officials

Filed by John M. Becker | June 05, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Elected officials in the Netherlands have removed a loophole that granted anti-gay public officials a special right to opt out of performing same-sex marriages. Read More


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BREAKING: Supremes Refuse to Halt Marriage in Oregon

Filed by John M. Becker | June 04, 2014 | 4:50 PM | comments

The United States Supreme Court has just blocked a last-ditch attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to stop same-sex marriages in Oregon.Read More


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How Founding GOProud Taught Me Authenticity

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 04, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

I read a great quote on Facebook this week: "Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about un-becoming everything that isn't really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place."Read More


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CO Bakery: No Wedding Cakes for Anyone If We Have to Serve Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | June 03, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The owner of a Colorado bakery says he will stop baking wedding cakes altogether rather than bake them for gay couples, as the state's non-discrimination law requires.Read More


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Tom Corbett Deserves Thanks for PA Marriage Equality

Filed by Mark Segal | June 02, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

When Pennsylvania's Republican Governor, Tom Corbett, decided not to fight marriage equality, he did so after months of consideration and discussion with family, friends, and staff.Read More


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Indiana Democratic Party Affirms Marriage Equality

Filed by Andrew Markle | June 01, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Saturday, the Indiana Democratic Party affirmed marriage equality in the adoption of its 2014-2015 platform.Read More